Adventures of China Iron

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Authors: Gabriela Cabezón Cámara
  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 188 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1916465668
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1916465664
  • Publisher : Charco Press (October 13, 2020)
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Language: : English

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Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020

1872. The pampas of Argentina. China is a young woman eking out an existence in a remote gaucho encampment. After her no-good husband is conscripted into the army, China bolts for freedom, setting off on a wagon journey through the pampas in the company of her new-found friend Liz, a settler from Scotland. While Liz provides China with a sentimental education and schools her in the nefarious ways of the British Empire, their eyes are opened to the wonders of Argentina’s richly diverse flora and fauna, cultures and languages, as well as to the ruthless violence involved in nation-building.

This subversive retelling of Argentina’s foundational gaucho epic Martín Fierro is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom. With humour and sophistication, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara has created a joyful, hallucinatory novel that is also an incisive critique of national myths.


A thrilling and mystical miniature epic. ―The Guardian

A daring, playful story. ―New Statesman

Daring. ―The Financial Times

Brilliantly translated by Fiona Mackintosh and Iona Macintyre, this is a heartfelt, dreamlike paean to Argentina’s past and what might have been had the pampas been left alone. ―TLS (Times Literary Supplement)

A wonderful reading experience, filled with light, joy, discovery, friendship, and love. ―The Massachusetts Review

An unexpected ride that delivers on all accounts. ―DIVA Magazine

Best books dealing with feminism, sisterhood and queerness ―Pagina/12

Best books published in Latin America 2017 ―New York Times

A transformative adventure, wholly romantic and sublime, at times even supernatural in its message of discovery. ―Books and Bao

10 Best Translated Books 2019 ―Books and Bao

Best Books of 2017 ―Los inRockuptibles

20 Best Latin American books 2017 ―El País

About the Author

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara was born in Buenos Aires in 1968. Her debut novel La virgen cabeza (published in English as Slum Virgin by Charco Press, 2017) was followed by Romance de la negra rubia (Romance of the Black Blonde, 2014) as well as by two collections of short stories. In 2011 she published the novella Le viste la cara a Dios (You’ve Seen God’s Face), later republished as a graphic novel, Beya (Biutiful), illustrated by Iñaki Echeverría. Beya was awarded the Argentine Senate’s Alfredo Palacios Prize and was recognised by the Buenos Aires City Council and the Congress of Buenos Aires Province for its social and cultural significance as well as for its contribution in the fight against human trafficking. During 2013, she was writer-in-residence at UC Berkeley, and in 2019 she was part of the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.

Fiona Mackintosh is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature at the University of Edinburgh with research interests in gender studies, comparative literature and literary translation. Fiona specialises in Argentinian fiction and poetry and has published extensively on Alejandra Pizarnik and Silvina Ocampo in particular, as well as on contemporary authors. She has translated Luisa Valenzuela’s The Other Book for Bomb magazine and selected poems by Esteban Peicovich for In Other Words. She is currently writing a book on the novels of Claudia Piñeiro.

Iona Macintyre is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Iona’s teaching and research has focused on nineteenth-century Spanish American history and culture. Within this area she works primarily on Argentina, history of the book, translation studies, gender studies and transatlantic relations. She has also published on the contemporary fiction of Jorge Accame.